Wild Rumors & News

  • Wild sign defenseman Bouramman

    Fox Sports North "The Minnesota Wild signed Swedish defenseman Gustav Bouramman to a three-year, entry level contract on Friday. Selected by the Wild in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Bouramman spent last season with the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds." August 26

  • Koivu to serve as Finland's captain at World Cup of Hockey

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Mikko Koivu will serve as Finland's captain for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Koivu has been the Minnesota Wild's captain since 2009. He was captain for Finland at three world championships, winning in 2011. A native of Turku, Finland, the 6-3, 215-pound center has 161 goals and 395..." August 23

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Mikko Koivu named Team Finland captain for World Cup of Hockey

    Today's Slapshot "The Finnish Ice Hockey Association has announced that Minnesota Wild forward, and captain, Mikko Koivu was selected to serve as Team Finland’s Captain at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Koivu, 33, has scored 161 goals and accumulated a total of 556 points over his 11 NHL seasons, all spent with..." August 22

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Team USA's Zach Parise battling back after losing his dad, injuring his back, team falling short

    ESPN "The former captain of Team USA's Olympic hockey team and the current face of the Minnesota Wild has wires connecting him to portable electronic monitoring equipment after another offseason workout at St. Thomas Ice Arena in suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul. There's good-natured banter about..." August 11

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Boudreau: Wild's Staal to start season alongside Parise

    The Score "Bruce Boudreau expects a big bounce back from Eric Staal. The new head coach of the Minnesota Wild is already penciling in his lines for the upcoming season, envisioning the former Carolina Hurricanes captain playing with one of the faces of the franchise, Boudreau told Paul Allen of KFAN..." August 05

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Wild re-signs restricted free-agent Matt Dumba

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild's business with all of its restricted free agents is over. The Wild agreed to terms with defenseman Matt Dumba on his expected two-year bridge deal this afternoon. The deal is worth $5.1 million for a salary cap hit of $2.55 million. It took some back and forth, but the market was..." July 29

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Wild sign Jordan Schroeder to one-year, two-way deal

    Sportsnet "The Minnesota Wild have avoided arbitration with Jordan Schroeder, signing the forward to a one-year, two-way contract worth as much as $650,000." July 23

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Wild Place Jordan Schroeder on Waivers

    The Hockey Writers "Tuesday, the Minnesota Wild placed RFA forward Jordan Schroeder on waivers, according to multiple reports. It’s a move you don’t often see in the middle of July. But it’s not the first time the Wild have done a move like this. Waiving him may actually be an effort to position themselves well..." July 19

  • Fletcher doesn't anticipate any problems in Dumba negotiations

    The Score "Chuck Fletcher is optimistic. The Minnesota Wild general manager spoke to the Star Tribune's Michael Russo about a number of topics in a piece published Friday, including negotiations with the club's only remaining restricted free agent, defenseman Matt Dumba. "I don't anticipate any..." July 15

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Fletcher: Dumba is ‘a big part of our future’

    Today's Slapshot "Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher was on Toronto’s SiriusXMNHL on Thursday morning: On how he would characterize Matt Dumba’s situation, who is still a restricted free agent, and on how his name has been coming up in trade rumors, despite the fact that he’s 21 and seems to be one of the keys to..." July 11

  • Minnesota Wild’s Eric Staal set to show he’s still in his prime

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Eric Staal entered free agency in search of an opportunity. Not just to win, though that was certainly important and one of the reasons he signed a three-year contract with the Wild last week. But the 31-year-old center also wanted a chance to contribute, to play a prominent role and to show..." July 08

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • New center Eric Staal excited to find role with Wild

    Fox Sports North "New Minnesota center Eric Staal said he views his signing with the Wild as an opportunity to "hit the refresh button." Staal signed a three-year contract with the Wild on the opening day of free agency, July 1. The 31-year-old will also look to regain his scoring touch, after notching 13 goals..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Minnesota Wild, Kuemper agree to terms on one-year deal

    Fox Sports North "The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent Darcy Kuemper on a one-year, $1.55 million contract. The 26-year-old goalie posted a 6-7-5 record with a .915 save percentage, a 2.43 goals-against average and two shutouts in 21 games with Minnesota in 2015-16. Kuemper also..." July 05

  • Wild signs Eric Staal to potentially center Zach Parise's line

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "During a Wednesday night phone conversation, the excitement in Eric Staal’s voice got Wild coach Bruce Boudreau excited. Staal, the free-agent longtime captain of the Carolina Hurricanes, was talking about potentially centering Zach Parise. “He wanted the opportunity to be the Eric Staal that..." July 02

  • Forwards Graovac and Dalpe re-signed by Wild

    Fox Sports "The Minesota Wild have re-signed restricted free agent forwards Tyler Graovac and Zac Dalpe, the team announced Thursday. Graovac, 23, signed a two-year contract that is a two-way contract in 2016-17 ($600,000/$90,000) and a one-way contract in 2017-18 ($650,000). The 26-year-old Dalpe signed a..." July 01

  • Thomas Vanek Signs With Detroit

    Winging It In Motown "The Red Wings continued to make moves today. After re-signing Darren Helm and Alexey Marchenko, the Red Wings went out and obtained Frans Nielsen as an unrestricted free agent. However, after talks appeared to go south with a few remaining forwards, the Wings turned their attention to the..." July 01

  • Wild signs center Eric Staal, goalie Alex Stalock

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild struck out on St. Louis captain David Backes but has signed former Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal to a three-year, $10.5 million contract. That's an annual cap hit of $3.5 million. The Wild has also signed former San Jose Sharks goalie Alex Stalock, who played at..." July 01

  • Minnesota Wild Sign Chris Stewart

    The Hockey Writers "The Minnesota Wild are reportedly bringing back winger Chris Stewart. The physical winger played under Bruce Boudreau with the Anaheim Ducks, and before signing with the Ducks had been a trade deadline acquisition for the Minnesota Wild. The deal is reported to carry a $1.15 million AAV over..." July 01

  • Blackhawks have reportedly reached out to Thomas Vanek

    Second City Hockey "The Chicago Blackhawks aren't in cap hell anymore. That said, they only actually have 10 forwards under contract for next season, so they still need to make use of their cap space and sign a couple of players. Thomas Vanek is a name that popped up on the market a year earlier than expected. The..." July 01

  • As the NHL goes loco, Wild in on Kyle Okposo, Eric Staal, among others

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If you took a late lunch today, went to the gym or dropped your phone in the toilet, you missed, "NHL GM's Go Wild." In back-to-back-to-back moves, the Edmonton Oilers traded Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Adam Larsson in a one-for-one move, the Nashville Predators and..." June 30

  • Wild sign Jason Zucker to 2-year, $4M contract extension

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "One restricted free agent down. The Wild has re-signed left wing Jason Zucker to a two-year, $4 million deal. He was set to become a Group II free agent Friday and could have filed for arbitration by the July 5 deadline. I also hear the Wild has had good talks with the agents of at least..." June 29

  • Agent: Vanek motivated to prove he can still score 30

    The Score "Thomas Vanek is using his newfound unrestricted free-agent status as motivation. Bought out by the Minnesota Wild, the 32-year-old winger is set to hit the open market with a will to prove he still has plenty of gas left in the tank. "(Vanek) is more motivated than I’ve ever heard him,..." June 29

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Report: Blues, Wings, others interested in Okposo

    Puck Drunk Love "It was reported earlier this month that “all indications” point to Kyle Okposo becoming a free agent on July 1st. That still appears to be the case and a line of teams have reportedly expressed an interest in Okposo now that it’s clear he won’t be returning to the Islanders. The Jets, Blues,..." June 25

  • Vanek's contract will be bought out by Wild

    The Score "Thomas Vanek is headed to free agency. This according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, who reports the veteran forward has been informed his contract will be bought out by the Minnesota Wild." June 24

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Wild buying out Thomas Vanek not a done deal but 'under consideration'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With reports spreading like a wildfire during the NHL general manager’s meeting that Montreal was working to potentially trade superstar defenseman PK Subban before his no-move and no-trade clauses kick in next Friday, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin was swarmed by press the instant those ballroom..." June 24

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Wild hires Derek Lalonde to coach Iowa AHL team

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "After three years of losing in the American Hockey League, the Wild will be relying on Derek Lalonde to help shape a new group of youngsters being introduced to professional hockey starting next season. Lalonde will be introduced as the Iowa Wild’s fourth head coach in four years at a news..." June 19

  • For Wild next week, first trade talks, then NHL draft

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Minnesota Wild are in final preparations for the busiest stretch in the NHL offseason, a two-week frenzy of activity when the league crams in its annual award ceremony, general manager meetings, trades, the draft and free agency. Moves made during this span will determine what new coach..." June 18